2014 “Pink Flamingo Awards”

A performance artist spray painted flamingoes onto the stage backdrop as nearly 300 guests flocked to the 2nd Annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” ceremony, which honored the community’s favorites in 21 hospitality-related categories and benefited the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach.

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Determined by online voting of nearly 5,000 South Florida residents and tourists, pink flamingo statues were awarded to:

Favorite Hotel Resort
The Standard Spa Miami Beach

Favorite Boutique Hotel
Hôtel Gaythering

Favorite Restaurant – Fine Dining
The Forge

Favorite Restaurant – Casual
Palace South Beach

Favorite Chef
Michelle Bernstein

Favorite Fundraising Event One Day
AIDS Walk Miami

Favorite Fundraising Event Weekend or Longer
Miami Beach Gay Pride

Favorite Drag Queen

Favorite Singer/Band
Karina Iglesias

Favorite Nightlife Destination

Favorite Dance Club

Favorite DJ
DJ Citizen Jane

Favorite Bartender
Nathan Smith from Twist

Favorite Promoter
Edison Farrow

Favorite Media Personality
Craig Stevens

Favorite Miami Attraction
Pérez Art Museum

Favorite Retail Store

Favorite Gym

Favorite Spa
The Standard Spa Miami Beach

Favorite Nonprofit Organization
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Favorite Local Hero
Michael Gongora

The awards were presented at a reception and dinner party on Tuesday, September 23, at the Miami Beach Convention Center with celebrity stand-up comedian ANT emceeing the energetic event. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event included an open bar cocktail reception, a silent auction and a three-course seated dinner.

A live, cabaret-style routine featured performances from Lori Lynch, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center, and her drag queen back-up dancers, the “Flamingettes,” (aka The Palace Divas) Tiffany Fantasia, Noel Leon, Tlo Ivy and Missy Meyakie LePaige. Lynch and the Flamingettes opened the awards ceremony with “Everything’s All Pink Flamingos,” a send-up of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical “Gypsy.” To close the ceremony, Lynch led the audience in “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage Aux Folles,” which transitioned into a heart-pumping disco rendition delivered by 50 members of the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.

Proceeds from the “Pink Flamingo Awards” benefit the LGBT Visitor Center which welcomes thousands of international visitors throughout the year and serves as a major hub of activity for the local community. The Visitor Center is funded and operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit foundation of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the LGBT Visitor’s Center, visit the venue at 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor North, Miami Beach, FL 33139 or click www.gogaymiami.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 305-397-8914.

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